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So... I got a 3D printer for Christmas...

Discussion in 'Random Discussion' started by Crusifix, Jan 2, 2020.

  1. Crusifix

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    I was able to get a 3D printer for Christmas, and of course, I printed the test figures that came pre-loaded on the SD card, just to get everything dialed in... But, the first thing I decided to create was a lightsaber of my own design, I borrowed a couple elements from Ki-Adi-Mundi's 'laser sword'. Let me know what you think, as this was my first go, and I think it turned out really well. I tried to give it an aged look. I mean it is a tool after all. This is composed of 13 separately printed pieces. I then painted it with an watered down acrylic in some areas, and left other areas raw. I tried to print everything in whatever color it was going to be. So if it is black I printed it in black...etc. I also tried to give the emitter tip an overheated look just to finish things off.
    I used to be a carpenter, so everything is doweled together using a round peg / round hole system. Then glued with epoxy.

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    "Indeed you are powerful."
     
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    Turned out great! How long did it take you to print it all out?
     
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    Thank you!

    I think the total print time was about 19 hours of continuous printing. But I did it on some extreme settings. I made another pommel section last night at a lower resolution, and it looks the same, so if I had to do it over again, I would say about 16 hours of printing.
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    I'm making two 85% scale versions for my twin 8 year olds. One is a boy and the other is is a girl.. I did not name them Luke and Leia.. My wife wouldn't go for it. In any case, this is the pommel section of theirs printing at the moment.

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    Very cool!

    You should check out Mel Miniatures on Twitter.

    They make 3D files for tabletop games like X-Wing, Armada, and Imperial Assault- but they'd also be incredible collector's items!
     
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    On it! Thanks!
     
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    Another project I’m working on.

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    A quick update on my Mando helmet.

     
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    Wow! This is so great!

    You don't have to buy your toys anymore. You will make them!
     
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    I’ve gotten a little further today. The back upper half is printing as I type. I also test fit the lense on the front. Once it is all epoxied together I will begin sanding and painting. And I think I have the rest of the armor laid out and ready for print as well. I am going to own Halloween this year.

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    Not including the cost of the 3D printer itself or the electricity to operate it, what is the cost in materials to make something like a lightsaber hilt or a helmet? How expensive is it?
     
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    The helmet is about $18.00 worth of material. A full size saber is about $2.00.

    I got the printer for $249.99.
     
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    As an aspiring artist investing in a new tool is just part of the game. :D
    Will it benefit your growth as an artist or will it be another tool collecting dust in your studio?
     
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    @Crusifix Amazing work! How do you get rid of the seams from each layer of the material being put down? fill and sand? I do a lot of scale modeling for warhammer 40K and know a few folks with 3DP's - they tell me there is also some sort of method that "melts" the seams away???
     
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    Now I want a printed mini Yoda (yoda)
     
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    Who doesn't want a mini printed Yoda!?
     
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    Those who want printed Baby Yoda. :p
     
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    Honestly, I don’t know. I use the hell out of it though.

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    simple sanding will do it. I’m only printing at a moderate resolution in order to speed things up. At a higher res, the seams won’t be as noticeable. I am also printing with PLA filament. The smoothing trick only works well with ABS, and does work very well.
     
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